A record 60 million people were displaced from their homes at the end of 2014. Once displaced for six months, a refugee is likely to be displaced for at least three years, and protracted displacement is also a major phenomenon among internally displaced people. Most displacement crises persist for years: fewer than one in 40 refugee crises are resolved within three years, and most last for decades.
This HPG Policy Brief summarises the findings of an HPG/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) study on protracted displacement for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). It sets out key common themes in protracted displacement, explores how responses to it have evolved and outlines a pilot tool to begin understanding the opportunities for self-reliance and livelihood assistance afforded by displacement.
Cosgrave, J.; Crawford, N.; Haysom, S.; Walicki, N. Briefing: Protracted displacement uncertain paths to self-reliance in exile. ODI, London, UK (2015) 4 pp.